swear allegiance

the black brothers: one too soft, the other too hardened.

regulus is nine when he first hears sirius fighting with their parents, railing against their tyranny and prejudice and cruelty. the shouting and smashing frighten him, chase him deep under his covers where he cries silent steady tears until sirius slips into his room hours later and coaxes regulus out of his cocoon, whispering soothing loving words of comfort and fierce apology.

regulus is eleven when he enters hogwarts, excited and wide-eyed at the enthusiastic crush of fellow students laughing and reuniting. after his mother warns him of mudbloods and father reminds him, toujours pur, sirius wrestles him into a headlock, dragging him into a compartment where there are three joking boys–gryffindors–who embrace and welcome regulus into their midst. when regulus sorts slytherin, he glances over at the sea of red and gold, but sirius looks away disappointed, mouth grim, eyes closed, to the beat of regulus’s sinking heart.

regulus is sixteen when he joins the death eaters, swears allegiance to a charismatic lord and band of idealistic brothers. they speak of purity, of justice, of oppression–all familiar cadences to pureblood son regulus–eliminating blood traitors and rewarding the worthy. he is swept up in visions of glory and familial pride, approving mothers and fathers and brothers.

regulus is eighteen when he stands on the edge of a precipice, hands shaking as he drinks and drinks and drinks, kreacher trembling by his side. there are regrets, so many regrets, and as he takes his last gasp, the horcrux safely stowed away, he can almost glimpse sirius smiling tenderly at him from a distant far-off shore, arms wide open and pride shining in his glance.

the black brothers: one too soft, the other too hardened. regulus and sirius, death eater and marauder, slytherin and gryffindor, blood faithful and blood traitor, weak and strong, strong and weak, soft and hard, hard and soft.

“Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man.”
~ Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, 1776

Unpopular MareCal Opinion

You would probably disagree with me, but I had to let this out.

Another Calore betrayal. (King’s Cage, page 506)

I seriously think “betrayal” is kind of an overstatement to refer to what Cal did to Mare. “Betrayal,” basically, means “an act of deliberate disloyalty.” However, not once did Cal swear allegiance to the Scarlet Guard. He stayed with them, because he wanted to be with Mare, and frankly, where else could he have possibly gone? He unwillingly killed Silvers, because that was part of staying with the rebels. He fought alongside the Guard, because he wanted to get Mare back. He made it pretty much obvious that he only stayed because of Mare. Even Farley knew this. Cal had always been outright against the ways of the Scarlet Guard. One can only betray a country, a group of people, or a person if a promise of loyalty has been made. Cal never promised anything to the Scarlet Guard.

It was Mare, who assumed―or more like repeatedly convinced herself―that Cal had chosen a side, that he’d chosen the Scarlet Guard, that he’d chosen her, when back in GLASS SWORD, she’d been so certain that he would leave her in the future.

He is not only a distraction I can’t afford but a heartbreak waiting to happen. His allegiances are shaky at best. One day he will leave, or die, or betray me like so many others have. One day, he will hurt me. (Glass Sword, page 251)

“He is still here. He helped the Guard raid Archeon; he led the takeover of Corvium. I only wanted him to choose a side, and he clearly has.” […] “He chose me.” (King’s Cage, page 388)

I wouldn’t say that Cal “betrayed” Mare. He definitely broke his promise but not betrayed her or anyone for that matter. I simply don’t agree with the equation: broken promise = betrayal. 

In fact, the two of them broke their promises. They did this a lot.

In GLASS SWORD, although the word “promise” was not used, it was implied. Mare firmly stated that under no circumstances would she surrender herself to Maven.

“Maven wants you more than anything else on this earth.”

[…] “Well, he can’t have me.” I realize the consequences of this, and so does Cal.

“Not even if it stops the killing? Not for the newbloods?”

[…] “I won’t go back. For anyone.”

I expect his judgment, but instead he smiles and ducks his head. Ashamed of his own reaction, as I am of mine.

(Glass Sword, page 249)

But Mare broke her “promise.” She did “go back.” Clearly, she knew it was a suicide move but still chose that card to save the people she loved.

In KING’S CAGE, Cal broke his promise too.

“Promise me. Promise you won’t leave. Promise you won’t go back. Promise you won’t undo everything my brother died for.”


“I promise.”

(King’s Cage, page 438)

Apparently, Cal did “go back.” For whom? For what? I don’t think Cal was that stupid to think that the road ahead would be easy. Surely, he knew that getting back his crown had a catch, especially since he was making a deal with the devil, people like Anabel Lerolan, Volo Samos, and Larentia Viper. Not to mention, he’d still have to oust the current King of Norta, Maven Calore, and defeat the Lakelanders (House Cygnet) to truly own the Burning Crown for himself. Yet, he wanted to at least try. He believed he could do something, and that’s what I admire about him. It was (also) a suicide move to join forces with such power-hungry people, but he still chose that path, because he believed it was worth it if he could make a change. Yes, it was kind of naive of him to believe that, but I don’t really want to underestimate the “rightful king.”

They didn’t choose each other. They broke each other’s heart. For a bigger purpose. All I’m saying is that I loved how both Mare and Cal willingly sacrificed their love (being together) for the country they both loved. Of course, you may disagree, but that’s how I see it in my point of view. And for that, I love them even more.

y’all know about anchorites? anchorites were raw as fuck. people (usually women) who wanted to abandon the secular life and devote themselves fully to god but like, decided that just going to a monastery or a convent was not #drama enough, so they would go out and find a cathedral that was willing to take them on as an anchorite and they would swear an oath of allegiance to the church and god and then they would step into a small enclosed cell just off the wall of the church and the churchgoers would brick up the cell WHILE THE BISHOP DELIVERED A FUNERAL SERVICE and the anchorite would just live out the rest of their life in this tiny cell, which had a little window to watch mass and also to like, give the anchorite food and water, and pass their chamberpot in and out, but that was it. you become an anchorite and you just sit in a tiny room reading the bible ‘til you die. there were HUNDREDS of these. HUNDREDS of people did this. and then henry viii founded the church of england and that was the end of that but like, what a time.

A Homestuck AU idea

No Sgrub Alternia has been done before
But just imagine

Feferi slowly becoming more violent and bitter over time as her responsibilities, stress, and biology get to her. You can’t hold authority on a harsh empire without cracking a few skulls. She is too nice for the empire

Eridan never left Alternia, swearing allegiance as an Orphaner to feed Feferi’s lusus. Eventually Feferi calls for the best shot in the empire, forcing him off of Altneria for the first time

Gamzee seeing the violent side to his cult and learns to despise it. He gives sopor slime to persuade his brothers and sisters when not enraged. He kicks his addiction and uses sopor as a temporary tool to have others see the light.
He becomes the 3rd Messiah that starts a war amongst purplebloods.

Equius learning to hone his strength under imperial training. He doesn’t get a bow, he gets a ballista that he carries around on his back

Vriska creating her own space pirate armada, becoming an annoying thorn for Feferi. A whole star system falls to her planetary pirates thanks to a weakening empire due to multiple revolutions going on

Terezi becomes a star legisclacerator, starring in countless live trials on tv. She is tasked with finding and bringing a certain piece of yellow-blooded property to justice

Kanaya becomes a patron mother taking care of the mother grub. She secretly takes a mother grub to create a colony of free trolls and mutants. She nurtures and protects their ever growing numbers, using her rainbow drinker biology to her advantage during the day

Nepeta becomes a famed hunter, a capable killer of any beast. She become an imperial scout to analyze alien life before the empire invades

Sollux’s psionics are used to power a large war machine laser. He has escaped through unknown means

Tavros is used to ranch and feed war beasts. He learns that the animals are being used in an animal fighting ring and stages a work animal revolution, making a whole planet dominated by powerful alien monsters

Aradia becomes known as the 2nd greate demon (following her ancestor’s path) and haunts people from across a solar system. Her spirit based abilities make her an ideal messenger for a new revolution. She lives deep within a mysterious alien catacomb making a nutrient and resource rich planet untouchable

Karkat becomes the 2nd signless, leading a new revolution against those in charge

Eridan is tasked with eliminating Vriska
Equius and Nepeta are sent to deal with Tavros
Terezi is sent to capture Sollux somewhere within Aradia’s haunted star system
Gamzee is waging a holy war against his former religion
Meanwhile Karkat is tasked with bringing everyone together as the new Signless

Karkat unifies everyone on a grand quest to settle everything
Eventually him and Fef meet, she horribly wounds Aradia (just like how the Condesce killed the Handmaid) and KK jogs her memory of when they were all once good friends, upset at who she became and what they all have done in the sweeps after they left Alternia
She realizes how bitter she has grown and breaks down, crying
Eridan and Sollux comfort her
Feferi kisses Aradia, extending her life as Kanaya treats her wound.

Everyone gathers around in a big circle and make the zodiac.

The End.

I just really want this, ok?

On February 17 1688 James Renwick, the last Covenanter martyr, was executed. 

Renwick had been declared a rebel after renouncing his allegiance to Charles II in 1680 and declaring him a tyrant and usurper. He was ruthlessly pursued all over Scotland until finally he was caught and hanged.

Now this is part of our history I know less of, The Killing Times as they are known was a shameful time and all to do with religion. All subjects were to swear allegiance to the king and renounce the Covenant. 

The desire of the covenant was to maintain ‘the true worship of God, the majesty of our King, and the peace of the kingdom’, for the happiness of those who swore it and their children. They also promised to live lives that showed they were in covenant with God, and to be good examples to others. 

In Scotland in 1638, the National Covenant set out the belief that there should be no interference by kings in the affairs of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. The Covenanters, as they were known, were Scots who signed the National Covenant. However, the Stuart kings believed in the Divine Right of Kings – amongst other things, they believed that they were the spiritual heads of the Church of Scotland. The Covenanters and their supporters could not and would not accept this; no man, not even a king, could be spiritual head of their church.
The entire Covenanting struggle was built around this conflict of beliefs – people against king. King Charles I had introduced the Book of Common Prayer to Scotland in 1637, to the anger and resentment of the populace. Famously, Jenny Geddes, at the first introduction of the new liturgy, is reported to have stood up in church, thrown her stool at the priest and shouted out Dare ye say mass in ma lug? That particular service was abandoned. Trouble and resentment continued under Charles I. After his beheading, under the Protectorate support for Cromwell waxed and waned within the Scottish Church. However, when Charles II landed at Garmouth in Moray in Scotland in 1650, he went on to sign the National Covenant, to the delight of the Scots. He was crowned King (of Scotland) at Scone in 1651. However, it was not until after Cromwell’s death that Charles took, in 1660, the crown of Great Britain. But Charles II went back on his word to the Scots and assumed superiority over the church. He appointed bishops and declared that opposition to the new liturgy would be treason. The Scots would have been loyal to this member of the Stuart dynasty but for that one sticking point.

A great deal of death, torture, imprisonment, and transportation would follow. These times, particularly between 1680 and 1688, became known as The Killing Times. 

Because of the fundamental conflict in beliefs the Covenanters were obliged to hold their religious services in secret, and these services were known as Conventicles, held in out of the way places, often in the moors.

If a Scot was found under suspicious circumstances by the troops, he could be asked on the spot to swear allegiance to the King; if he was also found to be carrying a bible his life was immediately in danger. The moors of Lanarkshire and Ayrshire (and elsewhere) hold many memorials to Covenanters killed on the spot by suspicious troops. 

Back to Renwick, while I said at the top he was the last martyr this is not strictly true as with most things, the ordinary person is forgotten, while he was the last of the preachers to die for their faith, the very last Covenanter, and one of the youngest to be martyred, was a sixteen-year-old youth, George Wood, shot down by  trooper John Reid at Tincorn Hill, outside Sorn, in the summer of 1688. Reid allegedly commented on the shooting - that the boy was a Covenanter and it was the thing to do. Thus far had the regard for human life fallen in the twenty eight years of persecution since Charles II returned from exile.

There are countless memorials throughout the country to Covenanters Renwick himself has at least three that I found, not all the memorials for those killed during this time are on the Covenanter side, many Royalists were killed.  The MacDougalls suffered most when 300 hundred men at the garrison of Dunaverty were  slaughtered. 

The painting is of  Renwick being taken to execution in 1688 down the West Bow.


Yesterday I was scrolling through twitter and @mad-maddie had tweeted a picture of her Link from BotW with the caption “each day my boy looks ready to swear allegiance to the Banshee Queen”

But since her Link already looked a lot like a Dark Ranger I got the urge to draw him in Sylvanas’ clothes…

so yeah, a few hours and some bad shading skills later this came into existence

Is it just me or is everyone else sort of obsessed with just how loyal the Inner Circle is to their High Lord and his mate?

Like when Rhysand and Feyre first come back to Velaris after mating, they bow to Feyre and swear their allegiance to her.

Then we have the scene where Mor, Cassian, and Azriel watch other Feyre in Hybern - they swear on their lives to protect Feyre.

AND let’s not forget when they return from Hybern without Feyre and Rhys drops the fact that Feyre is their High Lady, Mor and Amren fucking go ballistic. Mor calls Feyre HER High Lady. And Amren fucking demands that Rhys goes and gets her RIGHT NOW.

Like they’ve known Feyre for 2-3(?) months and they are LOYAL to her. She is part of their family and she is their friend. But the fact that they have this royal loyalty for her absolutely astounds and amazes me.

What makes me so angry about nazis glorifying Norwegian nazis during WW2 is that not only were they the absolute worst human beings, they were also the losers. Like, Norway was taken over by nazis, and these people decided to swear allegiance to the hostile foreign force that had usurped them. They literally decided to submit to and WILFULLY SERVE a force that only wanted to dominate and suppress them. They were real life versions of the most disgustingly subservient henchmen to fictional villains. The ones who crouch and grovel and obediently carry out their master’s order. The nazis who keep glorifying these people are glorifying obedience and submission. And I think that really just shows exactly who they think they are. Because they don’t see themselves in these weak, disgusting toadies. No, they see the people who will serve them. Every nazi considers himself one of the higher ups, one of the powerful ones, but truth is they are all suckers who obey their equally horrible leaders and justify subservience as power and bravery. All nazis are weak-willed, cowardly scum and I fucking hate every single one of them.

Headcanon Time

So apparently in Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf and the King of Hyrule are on good terms with each other… somehow.

“That is Ganondorf, the leader of the the Gerudos. […] Though he swears allegiance to my father, I am sure he is not sincere.”

“……..Yes. I told my father about my dream… However, he didn’t believe it was a prophecy.”  

 Before the time-skip, Ganondorf murders the Great Deku Tree, attempts to starve out the Gorons, and nearly kills the crown princess AND guardian diety of the Zoras… all of this right under the King of Hyrule’s nose. Sure, Ganondorf is likely trying to be stealthy, but Darunia even sent a messenger to the Royal Family to get help after Ganondorf sealed Dodongo’s cavern.

So either the King of Hyrule is extraordinarily stupid, or he has some reason to look the other way whenever suspicion falls on Ganondorf…

…hey, wasn’t there a great civil war in Hyrule before the events of the game?

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anonymous asked:

to which court do you pledge allegiance?

Fuck allegiance and fuck pledges to them. And fuck courts. I don’t swear any goddam allegiance to any gorram court.

Especially not them uppity new courts. They can get bent.


Once Upon A Time AU ✧ Just like his mother before him, Roland of Locksley swears allegiance to the crown. He becomes fast friends with Princess Emma through the years, a brother and confident of sorts.




Safiye and Kosem - Episode 21 - TRANSLATION

Safiye: It’s been a long time, Kosem. Years have passed. What brought you here like this?
Kosem: You know very well what has happened. Stay away from my son. From my Sehzade Osman.
Safiye: You have borne so many that you can’t differentiate who is your son and who is not. Sehzade Osman is not your son. You did not give birth to him, Kosem. Many thanks.

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